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West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #20 October-November 2020

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This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Keeping Calderdale Cosy with Citizens Advice

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Citizens advice in Calderdale are here to help you keep yourself warm during the coming winter months. They can offer advice on saving energy, reducing your energy bills where possible and finding you all the help you are entitled to with heating your home.

Being able to keep your home warm improves your health and levels of happiness.

You can contact Citizens Advice on 0300 330 9048.

You can also ring a local energy advisor on 07436 408323 to arrange a telephone appointment.

VSI Alliance Training Programme Survey

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



VSI Alliance would like your feedback to help them plan their next training sessions.

We’re conducting a short survey for our next training programme and your input would be very much appreciated.

Click the button below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!

Begin Survey

About VSI Alliance: All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact  


VSI Alliance Update October 16, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Calderdale News & Information


West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Keir Shillaker, Director for the Partnership’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Programme. There is also a blog from Sayma Mirza as part of celebrating Black History Month.

Events and Training

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.


Sir George Martin Trust
The Sir George Martin Trust has tightened up its geographical area for funding and will now be focusing its grant-making towards charitable projects which support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in West Yorkshire.

Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.


Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 23rd October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Sessional Youth Worker – Closing date: 25th October
Newground are looking for someone who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve. This role will be for 1 evening a week between 6PM – 9PM, with the potential of overtime.

Bank/Relief Enabler – Closing date: 30th October
Pennine Magpie are looking to increase their team of Bank/Relief Enablers to cover staff holidays and sickness. The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

In case you missed it:

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.


New Treasurer Required at Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Memory Lane Café run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since they began, they have steadily increased their membership (firstly with their Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, their Halifax cafe).

In case you missed it:

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact, or visit for more contact details.

Resources for Children Young People and their Families in Calderdale

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The following list of agencies and support groups are here to assist children, young people and their families with a number of issues that may trouble them, ranging from health, social to personal issues.

Tough Times Reference Group

The young people’s Tough Times Reference Group works for Calderdale Council on the emotional health and wellbeing (EHWB) agenda. During lockdown they have been working with services across Calderdale on producing this  Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing services poster.

Their intention is for every young person and their families to know about the different services, not only by name, but also what each service specialises in, to ensure young people receive the support that best fits their emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Open Minds CalderdaleWorry Cards on Returning to Education – created by young people for young people
Recently, 16 young people came together to create 14 flash cards for students returning to education. The purpose of these cards are to help decrease stress levels surrounding any worries or queries that students might have. These top worries have been selected as the most frequent worries that students said they would face on returning to education last September.

Do you want to Remember Remember the 5th of November?

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While most of us are excited about the fireworks spectacular that comes with Bonfire Night and some may be preparing for it, the risk potential should not be overlooked.

Since many events will not be running due to Coronavirus restrictions, many may wish to organise their own event.

The West Yorkshire Fire and rescue service would like to remind everyone that carelessness with fireworks can result in severe injury or death.

  • Be careful when using fireworks. Only buy fireworks from reputable sellers and check the certificate is appropriate for use.
  • If hosting your own bonfire event, be considerate to your neighbours.
  • If you plan on having an open fire on your property, it is worth informing the West Yorkshire fire service, so they are aware.
  • Hoax calls to the emergency services can result in a £1000 fine.

Let’s not remember Bonfire Night for the wrong reasons.

Visit West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for more on Bonfire Night.


Exploring Personal Values Workshop 27 October

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What role do our values play in our sense of choice and guiding our decisions?

Join us in a welcoming space to explore the things that matter to us most in a creative way.



The workshop will run via Zoom from 11am to 12.30. The session link will be emailed close to the date of the session. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis.

For more info and to book contact

Calderdale women urged to take up breast screening appointments

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October is among other things Breast Cancer Awareness month and women in Calderdale are being urged to take up their breast screening appointments when two of the hospital services’ mobile units set up base in the area over the next few months.

Health specialists from the Pennine Breast Screening programme will take up residence at the B&Q store, Shroggs Lane, Halifax, from October 13, while a further mobile unit will be located at Todmorden Health Centre from the start of November.

Leah Richardson, Pennine Breast Screening’s principal superintendent radiographer in breast imaging, said: “We invite women aged between 50-to-70-years-old for breast screening every three years and are pleased that B&Q and our other partners in Calderdale continue to support the programme by providing a location for our mobile units. It means we can bring our innovative services to where the women of Calderdale have told us is best for them.”

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women and 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime,” continued Mrs Richardson.

“Eighty per cent of breast cancer cases occur in women over 50-years-old and the risk of breast cancer increases as we get older.

“Women aged over 70 can still get free breast screening every three years but they need to contact us if they want to make an appointment.”

Breast screening appointments generally take no more than 30 minutes and can help save lives.

The breast screening programme estimates that screening may save around 1,400 lives every year as it can show changes in the breast up to two years before symptoms appear.

If changes to the breast are found early the outcome for women can be a lot better and the majority of women who come for breast screening get the all clear.

Lynn Clark, the service’s health promotion specialist, added: “Women of all ages are advised to regularly check their breasts and be breast aware. Being breast aware simply means knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally and reporting any unusual changes to your doctor. “

Changes to look for include:

· Unusual changes in the shape, size or feel of your breasts

· A lump or thickening in the breast or armpit area

· Unusual puckering or dimpling of the skin

· Changes in the position of the nipple or a nipple discharge

· Any unusual pain in the breast or armpit.

For further information on breast screening and breast awareness go to

For information about appointments contact the Pennine Breast Screening Service on 01274 365521 /22 /23.